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Thursday, October 29 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Session 11: Social Practice Composition in the Choral Arts / Using Terry Riley for operationalizing a social justice approach to music pedagogy with refugee children / The Songwork Catalogue: Technique, Identity, Place

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Social Practice Composition in the Choral Arts: Composer Reena Esmail’s Take What You Need in Skid Row, Los Angeles (Murray) - Every year since 2016, Street Symphony and the Urban Voices Project – two musical service organizations and ensembles based in Skid Row, Los Angeles – have given annual performances of composer Reena Esmail’s “Take What You Need.” A unique piece of contemporary choral-instrumental art music, “Take What You Need” requires the collaboration between two musical groups representing differing musical and socio-economic backgrounds: an ensemble and choir of professional musicians, and a second choir of singers and audience members who are currently experiencing or have previously experienced living in a condition of homelessness. Drawing on an analysis of Esmail’s score for the work, her pre-compositional notes, as well as fieldwork with the Urban Voices Project, I contend that Esmail’s work exemplifies an emerging “social turn” in contemporary choral art music composition, illuminated by a theoretical linkage between scholarship on facilitation and hospitality drawn from Community Music (Higgins 2012) and dialogue and performance in the social practice arts (Jacskon 2011; Kester 2013). I argue that Esmail employs her socio-musical compositional techniques towards an overarching goal of encouraging personal and social healing through community-based musical performance.

“In C”: Using Terry Riley’s masterpiece for operationalizing a social justice approach to music pedagogy with refugee children (Samson) - The compositional structure that Terry Riley uses in “In C” is ideal for reconstruction and experimentation when teaching music composition to children. In this session I will describe my work using “In C” as a point of entry for composition lessons with refugee students. I will also introduce a new framework for a social justice approach to music pedagogy that motivates these composition lessons.

The Songwork Catalogue (Ercin, Mendel, Spatz) - Members of the research project “Judaica: An Embodied Laboratory for Songwork” (UK Arts and Humanities Research Council 2016-2018) will share and discuss the Songwork Catalogue, a webpage containing 308 short video clips selected from more than 500 hours of video created during the Judaica project lab. We will discuss a number of possible ways of accessing and using this rhizomatic archive and consider the ethical and political implications of audiovisual embodied research, especially how it reveals the inextricability of technique, identity, and place.

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Patrick Murray

Lecturer - Concert Choir, University of Toronto Scarborough
Conductor and composer Patrick Murray is Lecturer in the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media at University of Toronto Scarborough, where he conducts the Concert Choir. Between 2018-2020, Murray served as Coordinator of Choral Activities at Western University (London, ON), where... Read More →

Midori Samson

Midori Samson (she/her) is a bassoonist, educator, and activist. She is a doctoral candidate and Collins Fellow in bassoon performance and social welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also the Lecturer of Bassoon at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and is... Read More →

Ben Spatz

Ben Spatz is a nonbinary researcher and theorist of embodied practice. They are Senior Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of Huddersfield, UK and author of three books: What a Body Can Do (Routledge 2015), Blue Sky Body (Routledge 2020), and Making a Laboratory... Read More →

Nazlıhan Eda Erçin

N. Eda Erçin is a performer/researcher of contemporary performance practices teaching anddirecting in the Department of Communication Studies at Louisiana State University whereshe manages the HopKins Black Box performance laboratory. She holds a Ph.D. degree inPerformance Practice... Read More →

Thursday October 29, 2020 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT